Undrafted free agent Kennedy Meeks seems the prototype for NBA players being phased out of the game – lumbering, over-sized power forward, undersized centre (6’9, 277 pounds) without a reliable three point shot (he didn’t make a single three at North Carolina).
I imagine Masai Ujiri was intrigued by the post game and touch around the rim (shot 56% in his senior year at UNC), and his Herculean effort on the glass in the Final Four and National Championship Game, where he grabbed a combined 12 offensive rebounds. I’d like to figure out what the Raptors saw in a seemingly massive project. Continue reading “Who is Kennedy Meeks in the NBA?”
With Lorenzo Brown joining the Big Raptors, we shift our focus to 6’8 forward Alfonzo McKinnie. McKinnie went undrafted in 2015, then spent a year with the East Side Pirates in Luxembourg. After that, he PAID $150 to try out for the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
With confirmation bias in full effect, I watched Lorenzo Brown’s last two games with great interest. A summary of our previous findings:
-fluid ball handler who can score from anywhere on the floor
-makes his defender play at his pace, not having to speed up his game
-seems a capable passer, but takes undue risks leading to many turnovers
-drifts on defence to inefficient help spots, leading to his man getting open looks or easy blow-by’s on poor closeouts.
To my loyal dozen of readers – I’m sure you were thrilled when I resurrected the ol’ blog after two full seasons of DNP-rest. We’ll see how often I feel like chiming in on the Raptors Road to the 2nd Round Exit, but full disclosure, I brought the blog back because I’m going to be covering the Road to the Six. If you aren’t familiar with the reference, it’s the Raptors 905 slogan.
The big club’s G-League (formerly D-League) affiliate is starved for attention. Did you know they won the championship last season? Did you know Bruno Caboclo won Finals MVP?
Pro athletes trying to make the top leagues of their respective sports invariably have interesting backgrounds. Rather than just report on the results of the games, I’d like to tell the players’ stories.
Material Arrivals CJ Miles
Serge Ibaka (essentially)
Delon Wright (essentially)
Material Departures Patrick Patterson
If you fancy yourself a contender in the East you have one goal – assemble a roster that can challenge the Cavs. While losing Cojo’s reliability and the versatility that both Pat Pat and PJ brought seems to hurt, if the team stood pat (pat), there’d be no reason to believe they could achieve said goal.